A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That by Tal McThenia, Margaret Dunbar Cutright

By Tal McThenia, Margaret Dunbar Cutright

A CASE FOR SOLOMON: BOBBY DUNBAR AND the abduction THAT HAUNTED A kingdom chronicles the most celebrated—and so much misunderstood—kidnapping circumstances in American historical past. In 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar, the son of an upper-middle-class Louisiana relatives, went lacking within the swamps. After an eight-month seek that electrified the rustic and destroyed Bobby’s mom and dad, the boy was once chanced on, filthy and hardly ever recognizable, within the pinewoods of southern Mississippi. A wandering piano tuner who have been shuttling the kid through the sector by means of wagon for months was once arrested and charged with kidnapping—a crime that used to be punishable through loss of life on the time. but if a destitute unmarried mom got here ahead from North Carolina to assert the boy as her son, now not Bobby Dunbar, the case turned a high-pitched conflict over custody—and identity—that divided the South.
Amid an ever-thickening tangle of suspicion and doubt, moms and a father struggled to say their rightful parenthood over the kid, either to the general public and to themselves. for 2 years, attorneys dissected and newspapers sensationalized each element of the tale. Psychiatrists, physicians, criminologists, and personal detectives debated the piano tuner’s guilt and the boy’s identification. And all of the whereas the boy himself remained notably guarded at the query of who he used to be. It took approximately a century, a interest that were handed down via generations, and the technology of DNA to find the reality.
A Case for Solomon is a gripping historic secret, distilled from a trove of private and archival study. the tale of Bobby Dunbar, fought over by means of competing New Orleans tabloids, the courts, and the citizenry of 2 states, bargains a case examine in yellow journalism, emergent forensic technological know-how, and felony justice within the turn-of-the-century American South. it's a drama of uncooked poverty and gear and an exposÉ of ways that period outlined and defended motherhood, early life, and group. First advised in a gorgeous episode of nationwide Public Radio’s This American lifestyles, A Case for Solomon chronicles the epic fight to figure out one child’s identification, alongside the best way probing unsettling questions about the formation of reminiscence, kin, and self.

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